Pediatric Complex Spine Program
American Family Children's Hospital offers one of the only multidisciplinary clinics in the Midwest that combines the expertise of pediatric neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery to care for children with the most complex spine problems.
UW Health surgeons work with a team of professionals committed to putting each child's unique needs first. Our team includes pediatric-trained experts in neurosurgery, orthopedics, anesthesia, rehabilitation medicine, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics, pain management, Child Life and social work.
The pediatric complex spine program is led by:
- James "Andy" Stadler III, MD, Pediatric Neurosurgery
- Kenneth Noonan, MD, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Which children are seen at the clinic?
As their bodies are still developing, children with serious spine problems may benefit from the highly specialized pediatric care available at a comprehensive children's hospital. We see children with conditions including:
- Spinal deformities such as scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, kyphosis, hemivertebrae and congenital bars
- Cervical spine problems
- Spinal tumors
- Spinal fractures
- Recalcitrant back pain
- Spina bifida
- Craniocervical problems
- Spinal trauma
- Spinal infection
Goal of the Clinic
Our goal is to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with complex spine conditions. We use the most advanced methods, including minimally invasive surgical techniques, to minimize discomfort and speed up recovery. Pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric orthopedics work together to ensure the best care for children. We also provide education and resources for parents and other caregivers of children with complex spine issues. This approach to care has helped many of our patients lead healthier lives.